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Why Didn’t Anyone Tell Me?

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I was 15 years old when my father and I moved in with my auntie, uncle and three cousins. We lived in a nice home rented to us by the owners of a poultry farm in Australia, and the house happened to be built along side the farm itself. My auntie, uncle and even my [...]

Local, Free-range, Organic Eggs: What’s the Story?

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We recently received an e-mail from a reader asking for more information about laying hens, as explored in our article A Hen's Relationship With Her Eggs. We turned to our friends at Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary for their expert opinion on the subject, as they live and work alongside many hens who have been rescued from situations where they were being [...]

Should You Be Eating Eggs?

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Despite the prevalence of the modern myth that family or backyard farming is an ethical alternative to large-scale, industrial, factory farms, the reality is far from how it is portrayed.

Animals Are Mothers Too

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"All Dairy operations, including Organic, exist solely by doing to millions of defenseless females the worst thing anyone can do to a mother." ~ Milk Comes from a Grieving Mother, Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary Every year in the month of May, the arrival of Mother’s Day marks an occasion to reflect on not only the love of [...]

30+ Amazing Animal Traits!

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“Let us remember that animals are not mere resources for human consumption. They are splendid beings in their own right, who have evolved alongside us as co-inheritors of all the beauty and abundance of life on this planet” Marc Bekoff,  Animals Matter: A Biologist Explains Why We Should Treat Animals with Compassion and Respect ~~~ Every species [...]

The Biggest Feminist Issue There Is

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In September, I was interviewed by activist Ashley Maier, whose blog explores many issues, including the interesectionality of veganism and feminism. She asked some excellent questions, and gave me the opportunity to further explore the concepts outlined in the article I co-authored with Butterflies Katz: A Call to Feminists. ... ... Q:  How did you make [...]

Backyard Chicken Farming Leads to Abandoned Hens

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"Backyard chickens dumped at shelters when hipsters can't cope, critics say." While this headline and the story that accompanies it may sound like an article out of the satirical newspaper "The Onion," they are in fact from the NBC News site and writer JoNel Aleccia. Aleccia writes: "Hundreds of chickens, sometimes dozens at a time, [...]

The Spirit of Ahimsa

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written by Jay Dinshah, Out Of The Jungle "As I have implied, veganism involves no animal-source foods or products. We do not use animal flesh, of course, because of the killing, but also because of the terrible cruelties and abnormal conditions involved in all the stages of the life of the animal in captivity, from the moment [...]

A Hen’s Relationship with her Eggs

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During my time working around chickens, there were a number of experiences that changed my perspective on eggs and opened my heart to the hens that laid them. The first started with making a homemade “farm fresh” omelet out of eggs a friend had collected...

Cage-Free? Not Free Enough.

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Do these labels really indicate an improvement in ethical standards, or are they simply a way for the animal industry to regain consumer confidence in their products?

What’s Wrong with Backyard Eggs?

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As we look more closely at the reality of the backyard chicken trend, it becomes increasingly clear that it is the same commodification of animals, packaged in niche marketing to appeal to the modern “conscious consumer”.

Is Your Alcohol Vegan?

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Many people, vegan or not, are surprised to discover that there is a plethora of animal-based products that can be found in alcoholic beverages.